My job sometimes requires me to travel into small, remote towns,
where there are not many stores or restaurants, but there may be a very large number of people working because of the boom in industry that’s going on. Work starts early around here – in the summer, the sun is up by 6 a.m. or so, and you can’t be wasting daylight driving to the job site or the field location. People around here WORK. Drilling rigs, pulling units, and welders work around the clock. And one thing that fuels early work hours is coffee – hot, good, and served in VERY large cups.
One place we’ve found that is great for stopping by in the early mornings is the Stripes Convenience Store chain. They are located in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In addition to being able to get gas and ice for the cooler, of course, they also have quite a range of products that are handy for those of us who might need to head out to the field before the hotel’s coffee stop is open. The ones I have stopped by are always brightly lit, clean, and CROWDED. You will see a lot of men in work boots and sturdy long-sleeve shirts with logos like “Turner Fishing Tools” or “Halliburton” or “ConocoPhillips.”
They have a nice large coffee bar,
with several choices of brews as well as real, cold half-and-half (my requirement), a few flavorings, and assorted Coffee-Mate creamers. Best of all, though, is that you can get a hot breakfast. These are not instant, watery, steam-table eggs. There’s a cook in the back, constantly whipping up fresh eggs and the smell of grilling ham wafts from the kitchen, like any other good taqueria. I like my breakfast taco egg and crisp bacon, but you can find ham, chorizo, and traditional egg-and-potato. By 7 a.m., workers, mostly men, are standing in line for food and to pay at the register.
In addition to the food, the stores almost always have a salsa/condiment bar, and a fruit bar. The fruit bar is also very popular, and gives a nice change from the heavy foods you often find in places that are interested in good, cheap, and fast.
- Taquerias – Fine Dining in the Oil Field (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Fine Dining in the Oil Field: Panchito’s Burritos (twodifferentgirls.com)
- George Strait Doesn’t Eat Here: Fine Dining in the Oil Field (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Fine Dining in Oil Country: Smitty’s (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Elsi’s Breakfast Tacos (lazysmurf.wordpress.com)